The city centre is glowing after the main Christmas lights were switched on.

While there was no fanfare for the event this year, The Argus was exclusively invited to watch it happen - through project manager Paul Compton's trusty tablet.

The Christmas enthusiast hit the big green button shortly before 4pm on Friday to the delight of unsuspecting shoppers in the city centre.

The Argus: Paul holding the light switchPaul holding the light switch (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

Paul said: "It's always an honour to be lighting up Brighton. It's my favourite city that we dress and it's exciting to see the lights up.

"To hear people's reaction to the lights is exactly why we do the job."

The Argus: Christmas lights in Western RoadChristmas lights in Western Road (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

The lights in Western Road, North Street, Bond Street, Gardner Street, Kensington Gardens and East Street were all illuminated along with the Clock Tower - kicking off the festive season.

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They are controlled with a mobile app which communicates with Bluetooth receivers placed across the city centre.

The Argus: Christmas lights at the Clock TowerChristmas lights at the Clock Tower (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

Individual lights can be turned on and off, or the entire city's decorations.

Paul said: "It's a scheme we are really proud of and we treat each area differently. We've got the vibrant street art in Western Road and North Street, while the North Laine has a bit more of an eclectic feel with East Street having a bit more of a classic feel."

The Argus: Christmas Lights in Gardner StreetChristmas Lights in Gardner Street (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

The lights are created by Gala Lights alongside Brilliant Brighton. It is their eighth year in control of the Christmas decorations in the city.

Paul said: "We are planning this all year round and we'll be starting thinking about next Christmas in January. The word Christmas will gradually drive you insane as the year goes on but if you love Christmas like me that's absolutely fine."